Biography

[Photograph: Copyright © Marc-Antoine Dilhac, 2010.]

At home in both the Popular music and Classical music worlds, Northern Irish composer and songwriter Dr. Matthew Rowan submitted winning entries to the John Armitage Memorial, the Red Note Ensemble, the Kate Halsall Maché and the Peter Rosser Composition Award competitions, and was awarded an AHRC-funded commission for the Northumbrian Exchanges project. His compositions have received performances in the UK, Europe and the USA, most notably by: Duodort, Mak Grgić, Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble, Christoph Jäggin, Katabatic Winds, William Lane, Loré Lixenberg, Momenta Quartet, Mr. McFall’s Chamber with Taylor Wilson, Northern Early Music Collective, Onyx Brass, Royal Northern Sinfonia and Jacqueline Shave. Moreover, Kate Halsall, Mr. McFall’s Chamber and Northern Early Music Collective have recorded his works for commercial release. Matthew holds a PhD in Contemporary Composition, having studied music at South Eastern Regional College (ND), Newcastle College (HND) and Newcastle University (BMus, MMus, PhD). To complement his work as a creative artist, he taught composition for  fourteen years at The International Centre for Music Studies (UK) and was music studies editor for the inaugural issue of online cultural journal E-pisteme. Matthew is represented by the Contemporary Music Centre Ireland and he is also a member of the Association of Irish Composers.

Throughout 2021, Matthew will be collaborating with flautist extraordinaire Lina Andonovska.

 

WORKS REGISTERED WITH PRS FOR MUSIC

2021
How The Soap Miser Grew A Soul (for solo flute)
The Right Vacation (for pop / rock group)
To Vary (for violin, piano)
Framing The Canyon (for pop / rock group)
The Heckler (for pop / rock group)
Remember This (for pop / rock group)

2020
Prelude for Cello (for solo cello)
Abandon (for eight cello)
Learning To Surf (for pop / rock group)
Relics (for pop / rock group)
Rings (for pop / rock group)
The Ballad Of The Stars (for pop / rock group)
One Time Is All It Takes (for pop / rock group)

2019
Motley (for guitar, cello)
Looking Through A One-way Mirror (for violin duo)

2018
Untitled No.5 (for flute, oboe)
Untitled No.4 (for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon)
Untitled No.3 (for three violin)
Untitled No.2 (for solo flute)
Untitled No.1 (for SATB choir)

2017
The Devil ain’t got no music – II, III, IV, V (for solo guitar)
Grooves Become Walls (for flute, clarinet, piano, violin, cello)

2016
The Devil ain’t got no music – I (for solo guitar)
The Ones About You (for solo piano)

2015
Pure Imagination (arr. for solo piano)

2014
Taught To Believe (for solo guitar)

2013
Improvisations On Influence (for piano duo, two voices, foley)
Influence (for narrator)
Smart La’d (for oboe, soprano saxophone, percussion, vibraphone, piano, double bass)
Living In Memories (for cornett, fiddle, lute, mandolin, viol)

2012
Doucement (for solo guitar)
Birds Of A Feather (for piano duet – one piano, four hands)

2011
In From The Chill (for SATB choir)
Place And Time (for solo trumpet)
Time And Money, Place And Time (for trumpet, viola, cello)
A beautiful, generous lie (for solo piano)
Reunited (for solo violin)

2010
Resonating Past (for solo guitar)
They offered prayers, original in style (for baritone, piano trio; words by Paul Attinello)

2009
Bottle (for mezzo-soprano, piano, string quintet; words by Andrew Crumey)

2008
Memory On Circles (for chamber orchestra)
Music From Three Fingers (for piano duo – two piano)
Music From Six Fingers (for six piano)

2007
Release (for solo viola)
String Quartet No.2 – 'Images Of Silence'

2006
A7 WJR (for mezzo-soprano, cor anglais, bass clarinet, piano, viola)
Reverberations (for chamber orchestra)

2005
Red (for wind ensemble)
In The Presence Of Absence (for solo oboe)

2004
String Quartet No.1
Pressing Buttons With Knuckles (for drum kit, three violin, three viola, three cello)
This Is A Place For Science (for amplified / electric ensemble)
 
2003
A Warm Reception (for chamber orchestra)

Photograph: Copyright © Marc-Antoine Dilhac, 2010.

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Matthew Rowan

Location 
Newcastle upon Tyne , Tyne & Wear
United Kingdom
54° 58' 41.7072" N, 1° 37' 4.008" W
Tyne & Wear GB